President Trump sits in the Oval Office in January 2017. The only people in this photo who still work at the White House are Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Every president loses top staff during their first year in office, but an AP analysis of the latest White House filings has found that 37% of President Trump's staffers who worked in the 12-month period ending June 30 are now gone — a record for any president.

The big picture: As Axios Mike Allen reported last October, the massive staff exodus is "the biggest threat to the Trump presidency."

By the numbers:

  •  141 staffers who worked in the White House as of June 30 of last year have left.
  • 138 employees have been hired since then.
  • 61% of Trump’s senior-most aides have departed.
  • At 42%, Bill Clinton is the only president in the last five administrations to have similar senior-staff turnover rate, reports the AP.

Take note: The analysis didn't take into account staffers who arrived and exited during that yearlong period, such as former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted less than two weeks.

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The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday. The hurricane is producing 110-mph maximum sustained winds and stronger gusts. The core of Zeta — including its destructive eyewall — moved ashore near Cocodrie.

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